Worship the Lord with gladness; enter His presence with songs of exultation.  – Ps 100:2

Reflection.  On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi we recall his appreciation of the joyful spirit in this passage:  “Do you want to know one of the best ways to win people over, and lead them to God?  It consists in giving them joy and making them happy.”  Seize the day, and make someone a little happier.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, St. Francis had a joyful heart, and that is probably why he is so admired throughout the world.  I offer You my heart and ask You to make it joyful.  Transform my sadness and my pain into joy.